Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Connecting Communities, Protecting the Planet

aka ELAW   |   Eugene, OR   |  http://www.elaw.org

Mission

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide (ELAW) helps communities speak out for clean air, clean water, and a healthy planet. We are a global alliance of attorneys and scientists collaborating across borders to build a sustainable, just future. ELAW advocates, working in their home countries, know best how to protect the environment. By giving our partners the legal and scientific support they need, ELAW helps prevent environmental abuses and builds a worldwide corps of skilled, committed advocates working to protect ecosystems and communities for generations to come.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Bern Johnson

Associate Director

Lori Maddox

Main address

1412 Pearl Street

Eugene, OR 97401 USA

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EIN

94-3116602

NTEE code info

Environmental Quality, Protection, and Beautification N.E.C. (C99)

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The imbalance of power and resources is the biggest challenge to our work. ELAW partners stand up to powerful interests who seek to gain from polluting and extracting resources. Companies that exploit natural resources have lots of money and power, while communities and citizens who want to protect ecosystems and their traditional ways of life have limited resources. ELAW works to level the playing field so grassroots advocates have the tools they need to defend communities and the environment.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

ELAW Network: Law & Science Support

ELAW helps local lawyers win dozens of legal victories each year by providing them with the critical legal and scientific resources they need to win victories for the environment. ELAW's work helps local lawyers:

* Challenge polluters, multinational companies that set up operations in countries that have weak environmental laws, and the governments that fail to enforce environmental laws;
* Develop innovative legal strategies to protect our global climate;
* Safeguard wild places and majestic natural treasures for future generations;
* Protect indigenous rights to native lands; and
* Fight for basic human rights to clean air, clean water, and healthy ecosystems for communities around the world.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Adults

The Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide has hosted more than 190 environmental professionals from all over the world. ELAW Fellows are committed advocates who help the world's most disadvantaged communities protect the environment through law.

ELAW Fellows have gone on to do outstanding work and become respected leaders. Seven ELAW Fellows later won the prestigious Goldman Environmental Prize, including 2016 winner Zuzana Caputova from Slovakia. Ms. Caputova was a 2007 and 2017 ELAW Fellow and was elected President of Slovakia in 2019!

ELAW designs each Fellowship to meet the Fellow's needs. We provide one-on-one training with ELAW Staff Attorneys, Scientists, and development staff, and reach out to other experts in the U.S. and around the world to help ELAW Fellows meet their training objectives.

ELAW Fellowships may include the following, and more:
*One-on-one work with ELAW staff
*ELAW Annual Meeting and Public Interest Environmental Law Conference
*Collaborating with organizations in the Pacific Northwest
*Meeting with government agencies, and attending court and public hearings
*Tours of water and waste management facilities, and visits to protected areas
*Intensive English study at the University of Oregon’s American English Institute
*Environmental law and other classes at the University of Oregon
*Public presentations and press interviews

ELAW Fellows gain skills and build strong organizations that will work to protect communities and the planet for years to come. ELAW Fellows also enrich the Eugene community and help educate about environmental challenges and successes around the world.

Population(s) Served
Activists
Adults

ELAW supports public interest environmental lawyers to work without fear of reprisal. In addition to providing legal and scientific support to public interest advocates around the world, ELAW helps these lawyers protect themselves and their organizations, deter threats and attacks, and build resilience to withstand attacks and maintain their agility to represent communities in environmental matters.

Population(s) Served
Activists

Where we work

Accreditations

Mesoamerican Reef Program Evaluation 2014

Awards

David Brower Lifetime Achievement Award 2014

University of Oregon - Public Interest Environmental Law Conference

10 little-known charities that do the most good 2015

MarketWatch

Top 100 Best Nonprofits to Work for in Oregon 2020

Oregon Business

Affiliations & memberships

Core Member of the Break Free from Plastic Movemement 2020

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of capacity building Fellowships hosted each year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

ELAW Fellows Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Since 1991, ELAW has hosted over 200 environmental advocates for Fellowships. Of the 13 ELAW partners who have been awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize, 7 participated in our Fellows Program.

Number of volunteers

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adolescents, Retired people, Students

Related Program

ELAW Network: Law & Science Support

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Volunteers and pro bono experts are essential for increasing ELAW's capacity to meet the needs of our international partners. Volunteer projects are tailored to each individual's skills and goals.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

ELAW works to help grassroots lawyers around the world protect the environment through science and law. We want to see strong environmental laws that protect communities and ecosystems enacted and enforced. We want decisions about the environment to be based on sound science and guided by the rule of law. We want citizens to be able to obtain information about the environment and decisions that will impact their future, and we want citizens to be able to participate in those decisions.

ELAW empowers advocates with legal and scientific tools and support, which helps them gain skills and resources and connects them across borders. Through the ELAW network, advocates in more than 80 countries share lessons, replicate victories, and provide mutual support. We believe that advocates working in their home countries know best how to protect their local communities. By empowering these advocates, we help them win victories for communities and ecosystems and we build lasting capacity to bring about change in the future.

In 1989, public interest lawyers from 10 countries founded the ELAW network. Since then, the ELAW network has grown to serve public interest advocates from more than 80 countries. We are fortunate to have an experienced staff, committed volunteers, and pro bono experts that enable us to build on our success, and achieve lasting impact.

Looking back over our three decades, we have celebrated high-impact wins that have helped protect the climate, advance environmental justice, defend biodiversity, and elevate communities' work to chart a sustainable future. We are proud to share these highlights from the past 30 years of collaboration with partners around the world: https://www.elaw.org/30years

Looking forward, we are building on our collaboration with partners to end the wasteful use and disposal of plastic, challenge fossil fuel abuses, defend biodiversity, and advance environmental justice.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    We serve a network of public interest environmental advocates working in more than 80 countries to advance grassroots efforts to defend key ecosystems and advance environmental justice.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Site visits to partner offices,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    At the request of the partners we serve, we have started offering more virtual opportunities to share effective strategies to stop environmental abuses.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    We have always shifted our work based on the needs and requests of the partners that we serve. It is an ongoing process that fundamentally drives the work that we do.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We are reluctant to burden our partners with frequent requests from us.,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Environmental Law Alliance Worldwide

Board of directors
as of 8/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Hunter

American University Washington College of Law

Term: 2018 - 2020

David Hunter

John Bonine

Scott Pope

Michael Axline

Mick Westrick

Cleven Mmari

Roanne Bank

Manuela Huso

Jim Offel

Monica Moore

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 06/29/2021

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